Although I came from a home wallpapered in books, I only briefly envisioned myself as a writer, when my sister and I co-wrote Funny Dancing Fruits and Vegetables complete with crayon illustrations.
Then I discovered science, so I studied chemistry in college and earned my doctorate in pharmacy. In pharmacy school, I met my husband, Dave. We settled in northern California and were blessed by three bright, funny children.
In January 2000, I woke from a dream so intriguing I had to write it down. I proceeded to write a really bad 750-page contemporary Christian romance. That book will never be published, but it led me to join a critique group, attend writers’ conferences, and join American Christian Fiction Writers.
Family tales drew me to the World War II era. My grandfather, Frederick Stewart, served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the US Navy, and my great-uncle, Roderick Stewart, flew a B-17 Flying Fortress in Australia and England—and flew into Pearl Harbor during the attack.
I first submitted A Distant Melody in 2003, and over the next five years I accumulated a pile of rejection letters. In 2008, a submission at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference led to the sale of the Wings of Glory series.
In 2011, I received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Since then I’ve received contracts for the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Waves of Freedom series, and the Sunrise at Normandy series. Both When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romances of the Last 10 Years,” Through Waters Deep received the 2016 INSPY Award and was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist, and my novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a 2015 Carol Award Finalist.
When I’m not writing, I work on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teach Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. I enjoy speaking to school, community, women’s, historical, and church groups, and belong to the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Visit my speaking page for more information.
Oh, and I also had the privilege of flying in a B-17 Flying Fortress! I blogged about this incredible experience here.